Awards and 
Appreciation Events

The Model Supervisor Award

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to a Penn supervisor who demonstrates exemplary behaviors and serves as an outstanding role model.

Model Supervisor Behaviors

These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Model Supervisor and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:

    • Applies fairness and consistency to all actions.
    • Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable.
    • Provides tools for achievement.
    • Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving.
    • Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace.
    • Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity.
    • Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration.
    • Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.
    • Understands and supports work life balance.
    • Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce.
    • Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals.
Call for Nominations

The 2017 nomination for the Models of Excellence Awards is now closed.  Thank you to all those who submitted a nomination.  The honorees will be announced in January 2017.

The Models of Excellence Award program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of full- and part-time staff across the University's schools and centers.

For a look at last year's winners, click the links below.

Models of Excellence Honorees
Pillars of Excellence Honorees
Model Supervisor Honorees

The Nomination Process

Nominations for the Model Supervisor Award are due October 21, 2016 for contributions made during the previous fiscal year (July 1- June 30). Any member of the Penn community can nominate a Model Supervisor.

We’re looking for supervisors who are role models and exemplify the Model Supervisor Behaviors. You may nominate staff supervisors of any level, except senior academic or administrative leaders of a school or center. They must supervise at least two Penn staff to be considered.

The Models of Excellence Nomination Guide provides all of the information you need to complete this process.

Follow these steps:

  1. Review the Nomination Guide.
  2. Complete the Nomination Form.   
  3. Request and collect forms required for each award type.
  4. Send to before the published deadline.


Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.

Selection and Notification

An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects finalists. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders from the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources areas previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.

The winner is notified in January. Human Resources then surveys a randomly selected cohort of his or her staff for feedback on the Model Supervisor behaviors.

Awards, Ceremony and Reception

The individual chosen as the Model Supervisor receives $500 and a symbolic award. The other finalists receive $250 and a symbolic award.

The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on March 28, 2017 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.

2016 Honorees

Congratulations to Rosey Nissley, winner of the 2016 Model Supervisor Award.

model-supervisor-honorees-200px-webOn April 21, 2016, Rosey Nissley of Student Services, received this year’s Model Supervisor Award at the Models of Excellence ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Nissley was selected from field of outstanding nominees, including Gary Garofalo of Business Services and Erika N. Gross of Student Health Service.

Learn about previous Model Supervisor honorees and their achievements.

Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.